Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS
NOUS42 KTAE 070901 CCA
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...CORRECTED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TALLAHASSEE FL
500 AM EDT Fri Jun 7 2013 /400 AM CDT Fri Jun 7 2013/
...TROPICAL STORM ANDREA PRELIMINARY POST-STORM INFORMATION...
A more complete Post Tropical Cyclone Report, issued under the PIL
(PSHTAE), will be sent at a later time. This information should be
Tropical Storm Andrea formed at 6 PM EDT on Wednesday, June 5th
about 320 miles SSW of Apalachicola, Florida. It then gradually
gained strength as it tracked to the northeast toward the Big Bend
region of Florida.
The official landfall was reported by the National Hurricane
Center to have occurred at 5:40 PM EDT on Thursday, June 6th. The
landfall location was 10 miles south of Steinhatchee, Florida in
Dixie County, at coordinates of 29.5N 83.4W. Maximum sustained
winds at landfall were classified at 65 MPH by the National
Hurricane Center - with the strongest winds in the storm probably
just offshore in the northeast Gulf of Mexico. The minimum central
pressure at landfall was 993 millibars (29.32 inches of mercury).
Andrea was a relatively fast-moving tropical cyclone as it passed
through our region. The main impacts were related to heavy rain
and storm surge flooding near the coast. Because of the fast
forward motion of the storm, heavy rainfall generally did not last
long enough to produce notable inland flooding.
Below is an accumulation of information about Andrea in our area.
----- RAINFALL TOTALS -----
3.64" Carrabelle, FL (FAWN)
3.11" 4mi SW Carrabelle, FL (Private)
2.54" Panacea, FL (RAWS)
2.52" Perry-Foley Airport, FL (ASOS)
2.30" Sanborn, FL (RAWS)
2.24" Cross City Airport, FL (ASOS)
2.10" Sumatra, FL (RAWS)
1.98" Wilma, FL (RAWS)
1.92" NWS Tallahassee / FSU (NWS)
1.77" Tallahassee Airport, FL (ASOS)
1.66" Moody Air Force Base, GA (AWOS)
1.37" Apalachicola Airport, FL (ASOS)
----- HIGHEST WIND GUSTS -----
54 MPH 89mi SSE of Apalachicola, FL (Buoy 42036)
54 MPH 23mi SSE of Apalachicola, FL (Tower, 115ft AGL)
49 MPH Alligator Point, FL
42 MPH St. George Island, FL
38 MPH Carrabelle, FL
36 MPH Keaton Beach, FL
36 MPH Cross City Airport, FL
36 MPH 99mi SSW of Panama City, FL (Buoy 42039)
32 MPH Perry-Foley Airport, FL
32 MPH Apalachicola Airport, FL
31 MPH Tallahassee Airport, FL
31 MPH NWS Tallahassee / Florida State University
The peak wind at Cedar Key, Florida (just south of Dixie County
into Levy County, and just outside our area) was 56 MPH.
A tropical cyclone is considered a tropical storm when its maximum
sustained winds are between 39 and 73 MPH.
----- STORM SURGE -----
We do not currently have any direct storm surge or coastal flooding
reports from Taylor or Dixie counties. However, just south of
Dixie County, the Cedar Key tidal gage measured a water level
that was as high as 4.55 feet above the expected water level. This
is considered the "storm surge".
The Apalachicola tidal Gage measured a water level as high as
1.42 feet above the expected water level.
----- TROPICAL CYCLONE HISTORY FACTS -----
The most recent tropical cyclones to pass within 50 miles of
Steinhatchee, Florida - basically encompassing Taylor, Dixie, and
Lafayette counties - are as follows. An asterisk (*) indicates
that the given storm made a landfall in Taylor County or Dixie
County. The maximum winds listed are for the storm while its
center was within 50 miles of Steinhatchee.
*Andrea (2013) Tropical Storm, 65 mph max winds
*Debby (2012) Tropical Storm, 40 mph max winds
Fay (2008) Tropical Storm, 50 mph max winds
*Alberto (2006) Tropical Storm, 50 mph max winds
Frances (2004) Tropical Storm, 65 mph max winds
Jeanne (2004) Tropical Storm, 45 mph max winds
*Gordon (2000) Tropical Storm, 65 mph max winds
There have been 7 tropical storms that have passed within 50 miles
of Steinhatchee in the past 14 years, with four of those storms
making a landfall on the Taylor or Dixie County coasts.
The last time that a tropical cyclone passed within 50 miles of
Steinhatchee while at hurricane intensity was Hurricane Dora in
1964, which was crossing north Florida to the west from the
Atlantic coast). Prior to that, it was the 1935 Labor Day
Hurricane that hit the Florida Keys at much greater intensity
(landfall in the Florida Big Bend as a Category 1 hurricane).
----- TROPICAL CYCLONE SEASONAL NOTES -----
June 1st is considered the official start of the Atlantic
Hurricane Season. Andrea marks the fourth consecutive year in
which there has been a tropical cyclone in the Atlantic basin in
the month of June.
However, tropical cyclones do not always form in the Atlantic
basin each June. The average date of the first named tropical
cyclone in the entire Atlantic basin is July 9th, and the average
date of the first hurricane is August 10th.
Hurricane season in the Atlantic usually peaks from mid-August to
NOAA has predicted an active or extremely active hurricane season
for 2013. The seasonal outlook that was released on May 23rd calls
for a 70% likelihood of 13-20 named storms, of which 7-11 could
The next name on the Atlantic cyclone name list is "Barry".